D65 scores above state averages


Students at Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools are doing better than average in the state, but math scores are better than reading.

That was the gist of a report delivered to the District 65 Board Monday night by administration officials.

More than 75 percent of District 65 students meet state standards in mathematics, and more than 70 percent meet state standards in reading, based upon scores on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).

The comparable statewide averages are 57 percent in reading and 60 percent in math.

On a measure of academic growth, District 65 is in the top quartile of districts across the state in reading and is in the top 10 percent in mathematics.

A new measurement will be instituted next year, beginning in March, when the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) replaces the ISAT.

The amount of class time required to administer PARCC has been a source of controversy within the state, particularly at the high school level, where additional tests are required to prepare students for admission to college.

Nevertheless, it is required by the Illinois State Board of Education, and districts that fail to comply risk a loss of Title I funding and potentially state funding as well, said John P. Price, a District 65 assistant superintendent.

Total testing time required for third grade students is 9.75 hours over the course of two testing cycles. This increases by 15 minutes for the 4-5th grade and by 65 minutes for 6-8th grade.

Though schools have not yet begun to work on scheduling, Price said, this would likely mean about an hour of testing time on each of eight to nine days for each student, spread out over a nine-week testing window.

This represents about 4 percent of the instructional time during the window, he added.


Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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